The dromedaries paraded down a dusty racetrack as judges rated the size of their lips, cheeks, heads and knees. Crowds of men watched from the bleachers, hooting when the beasts representing their own tribe loped down the track. A dozen beasts have been disqualified from this year's Saudi "camel beauty contest" because their handlers used Botox to make them more handsome.
Tuesday, Jan 23rd 2018 (4:34am)
A new study suggests that certain species of birds in Australia have figured out a way to spread fires in order to terrify - and eventually eat - their prey.
Tuesday, Jan 9th 2018 (2:53am)
Sleep is universal in the animal kingdom, but each species slumbers in a different — and often mysterious — way. Some animals snooze with half their brain, while others only sleep for two hours a day (without even suffering sleep deprivation!). Ed Yong guides us through the latest research on how creatures catch their z’s.
Sunday, Jan 7th 2018 (12:02am)
Great Big Story meets Brian Edwards, an airport operations supervisor at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, and his real-life Air Bud, Piper, who's tasked with the important job of keeping planes safe from bird strikes.
"Birds can pose a huge threat to flight safety, but when they see Piper on his way, geese, ducks and gulls flee the runways. It’s an important job, but not one without its share of fun."
Tuesday, Dec 19th 2017 (3:37am) | Thanks: Tastefully Offensive
Dolphins are thought of as one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom - and experts believe they have put their ingenuity to use in the pursuit of getting "high".
Fascinating nature documentary segment, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. A short two minutes from the BBC series, Blue Planet II.
In this exclusive clip from this Sunday's Blue Planet II episode, we see clownfish working together to move a coconut shell, which they will use to lay eggs on. This behaviour has never been filmed before.
Sunday, Nov 12th 2017 (12:00am)
Judging from surveillance footage of the early Sunday heist, the ursine family - unlike Goldilocks - was perfectly content eating food that wasn’t "just right." The mother bear and her two cubs made a meal of cold pizza dough and salami, rifling through a trash can and a prep table to find it.
Saturday, Oct 21st 2017 (12:43am)
East Harlem merchant G. Herman Gottlieb had a little knowledge of botany and a great desire to make some quick cash. So he left his home at 188 East 99th Street with two empty baskets and made his way to the wooded area on Dyckman Street in the Inwood section of Manhattan. There, he worked all day long filling his baskets with catnip. He then began going house to house on Fifth Avenue to sell the catnip to well-to-do families with spoiled pet cats.
A police dog in Chestermere, Alta., had a close call on Thursday when it inadvertently fired a handgun found while investigating a fight in a grocery store parking lot. RCMP said one shot was fired, but neither the dog nor his handlers were injured. At the time, the dog was tracking two suspects.
Tuesday, Oct 3rd 2017 (12:01am)
From several years ago at the Columbus Zoo. No matter, otter pups are still very cute.
If youve spent any time watching the Zoo's North American river otters or our Asian small-clawed otters, you've probably noticed that otters seem almost as home in the water as most fish. But, did you know that otters have to be taught how to swim? Otter pups arent born with any innate knowledge of how to swim or handle themselves in the water. And since otters depend on water to survive, mom has to teach her babies how to be as home in the water as they are on land.
In March, Audrey, the Zoos North American river otter female, gave birth to three healthy male pups. At around 30 days old, the pups are strong enough to begin their swimming lessons although sometimes, theyre not the most enthusiastic students much like kids everywhere.
Saturday, Sep 30th 2017 (12:00am)
Well, unmentioned in this article is the fact that when they jump to take off, they jump backwards and we stupid humans keep trying to whack them from the front.
But alas, there is a better reason. Read on.
Wednesday, Sep 20th 2017 (3:37am)
Here is a brief list of things that have made me quite happy recently:
· When I can see the moon and the sun at the same time and they are not fighting as I would otherwise expect
Tuesday, Sep 19th 2017 (5:17am) | Thanks: have patience
A cat in Tulsa, Oklahoma is doing his part to help his community and having fun playing with passersby at the same time. So far he has donated over $100 to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless by grabbing money from strangers.
Oysters, a delicacy eaten on most coastlines of the world, are a multi-billion-dollar industry. They also are intriguing to study from a health perspective. Today a deadly herpes virus is threatening Pacific oysters, the world’s most popular and valuable oyster species. It is almost certain to spread more widely in our globally connected world.
Thursday, Sep 14th 2017 (12:00am)
First, we have a bunch of ferrets in a kiddie pool filled with packing peanuts. Trust me, I've had a couple of these guys and their curiosity is both endless and amusing.
Next, we have a trio of housecats that have been trained to react to their humans shaking up a can of ready made whipped cream. Obviously, just as addicting as catnip.
Monday, Sep 4th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
Many people in Texas relied on the kindness of others to evacuate and stay safe during the Category 4 hurricane. The same can be said for Harvey the Hurricane Hawk.
Tuesday, Aug 29th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: heinzeketchum
When she was just a 23-year-old grad student, Linda Koebner opened the cages of two chimps, named Doll and Swing. Freed from a laboratory, Linda was present when the two apes saw daylight for the first time in their lives. Linda helped to get them back to a normal life in the outdoors, which wasn’t immediately easy for two poor creatures who had spent the first six years of their lives completely stuck in cramped metal prisons.
She worked with Doll and Swing for four years. When they were ready, Linda had to move on. The apes were released into a natural habitat and Linda wouldn’t return for 18 years. She was sure that the two would have forgotten all about her by then.
But, when she paid them a visit, Doll and Swing immediately recognized their surrogate mom and the response is simply beyond words. From the moment Swing takes her hand, to the very end of the video, it’s one of the most heartwarming moments we’ve ever seen. It really goes to show – apes or humans, we’re all much closer to each other than we realize.
Watch this touching clip.
Monday, Aug 14th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Nan
A bear broke into an SUV and took it for a joyride in Colorado - before crashing it, trashing the interior and pooping inside, according to new reports. "It would have taken a human being hours to do what this bear did in a couple minutes," said Ron Cornelius, who found the car after the animal mowed down his mailbox.
Friday, Aug 11th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: rabbs
As 2016 gave way to 2017, a turkey moved into the left turn lane of a major intersection in my hometown. Some say he arrived in January of this year; others are sure he was around in late 2016. But regardless, once he was there, he was there to stay. The turkey’s constant presence in this busy spot made him a local celebrity, and the unlikely, or perhaps inevitable, epicenter of a community in which humanity’s best and worst instincts played out.
The year is 2028. All disputes are now settled with drug-fueled combat animals. CHOOSE YOUR CHAMPION!
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
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